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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Patentgate Ethics Scam Hits Holocaust Survivor...(CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)

As a young girl, Mrs. Gizella Weisshaus survived the Holocaust, but recently and now 77-years-old, she finds herself on the growing list of victims ensnarled in the Manhattan attorney ethics scandal shaking the New York State Court system....

Background

In July of 2007, it became publicly known that many ethics complaints against attorneys in the Bronx and Manhattan were methodically mishandled-- effectively buried or stalled—due to politically-based connections, favors or back-room deals. The "Patentgate" matter quickly highlighted the need in New York for federal intervention since the alleged theft of dozens of U.S. patents by the inventor's own New York lawyers-- the once respected and politically connected Proskauer Rose law firm-- went largely and substantively unaddressed. The Patentgate ethics complaints were obscured in New York at the very same time the identical issues found The United States Department of Justice widening their own investigation and, additionally, where members of the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary committees called for further probes. The ongoing ethics shake-up resulted in the quickly announced "retirement" of Manhattan's top State ethics Chief Counsel, Thomas J. Cahill, Esq., and whose replacement is expected to be announced soon. (See the related August 24, 2007 story below: "Justice Department Widens "Patentgate" Probe Buried by Ethics Chief Thomas J. Cahill")

Holocaust Survivor meets New York “Ethics”

Mrs. Gizella Weisshaus was the named plaintiff in the 1996 filed historic lawsuit against Swiss banks that, after being designated as a class action proceeding, was settled in 1998 on behalf of thousands of Holocaust survivors for $1.25 billion.

Gizella, however, opted out of that settlement because, she says, certain involved attorneys were more interested in paying themselves millions of dollars even before some of the survivors had received any money. She would also learn, she says, that someone "manufactured" a necessary amended complaint in 2000 by backdating that court document to 1997. And she would also find that in an unrelated estate proceeding where she was the executrix, her own lawyer, Edward D. Fagan, had failed to deposit more than $82,000.00 into an attorney escrow account choosing, instead, to use the money for his own various personal expenses. (Mr. Fagan also represented Mrs. Weisshaus in the subsequent filing against the Swiss banks and from where he ultimately received millions of dollars in legal fees)

The Devil's Advocate

An attorney ethics complaint followed, and in a letter dated May 6, 1998, attorney disciplinary Chief Counsel Thomas J. Cahill's predecessor, Hal R. Lieberman, Esq., wrote to Gizella to advise that since her complaint against attorney Edward Fagan had involved an "ongoing criminal proceeding" his office would await the outcome of that proceeding before concluding their disciplinary investigation. Then-Chief Counsel Lieberman also advised Gizella that his New York State ethic's office had requested a written answer to the complaint from attorney Fagan. Edward Fagan then hired his own lawyer.

Letter to Self

Approximately 9 weeks later, in a July 15, 1998 dated formal answer to the charges against him, attorney Fagan's lawyer submitted a 6-page denial of the various charges made by Mrs. Weisshaus. Astonishingly, attorney Fagan's lawyer, who he had recently engaged, was none other than Hal R. Lieberman who, in a 9-week period of time, had left his position as Chief Counsel of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department Disciplinary Committee to join the law firm Beldock Levin & Hoffman, LLP.

So, essentially, on July 15, 1998 private attorney Hal Lieberman was responding to himself-- to his own May 6, 1998 letter wherein he, as the New York state-employed Ethics Chief Counsel had advised Gizella of the request for a written answer from the attorney she had filed a complaint against, and the same person who was to be Lieberman's client-- Edward Fagan.

More on Mrs. Weisshaus, attorney Edward Fagan's arrest, the pending ethics inquiries in New Jersey against Fagan, and Chief Counsel Thomas J. Cahill's determination of no conflict of interest by the prior chief counsel, Hal Lieberman.... MORE.... LATER THIS WEEK..........

To the right, see the documents marked "Weisshaus Fagan Lieberman"

1. May 6, 1998 dated letter from NY State Attorney Disciplinary Committee Chief Counsel Hal R. Lieberman to Mrs. Gizella Weisshaus RE: Edward Fagan (1 page)

2. July 15, 1998 dated Answer to Complaint from private attorney Hal R. Lieberman to Mrs. Gizella Weisshaus RE: Edward Fagan (6 pages)

18 comments:

Nice vacation, ann? said...

I hope the new Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau had a restful summer. Because, boy oh boy--- she's got her work cut out for her.... not going to be easy cleaning up the many years of court corruption in New York.... say a prayer for her......

mad as hell said...

Glad to here Cahill and Cohen were screwing all people from all religions and backgrounds. They'll be happy to know that when the falsely set me up and took away my law license, they also screwed with children: mine, 2 and 4 years old.

Cahill and Cohen shall rot in hell !

who's buying? said...

The actions by Ms. Cohen and Mr. Cahill might explain why the two of them are fall down drunks.

It's the only way they can live with themselves.

Shame on the people overseeing these two heartless hacks.

disgusted said...

duck and cover artists paid by the taxpayers who they are suppose to be protecting

Anonymous said...

how did ANYONE leave these clowns in charge of ETHICS...that's the big question. call in the U.S. Attorney!!

a ring side seat said...

These people are both attorneys ..... remember the word is OBSTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!! That is a FELONY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello?

Charles Dickens said...

The name 'Fagan' (Edward D. Fagan) alone was all I had to hear! And he lived up to his name too! A real GONIF with all the other GONIF'S (Judges et al.)!

Anonymous said...

The foxes have been and are in charge of the hen house!!

Anonymous said...

Only the feds can help New York....looks like patentgate might have just gotten the feds to take a little interest in the Free and Independant(ly corrupt) country called the Empire Country. Yes, New York does not adhere to the laws of the United States, they have their own. Bring on the real feds !!!!!

confused said...

always was under the impression that this country was under the rule of law - after reading this blog and many other things I have come to the conclusion that the rule of law doesn't exist anymore - the law has become whatever some monkey in a blackrobe wants - then go fight city hall and spent your money and make the lawyers richer - we live in what was a great country at one time, it's very sad what has happened!

Anonymous said...

And who was/is watching the ethics of the ethics committee people?

horrified atty said...

Tom Cahill has done a great number of unconsionable things to maintain his place in the system but what he did to this poor lady (Weisshaus), is beyond the pale! Maybe he was drunk when he did this?

another proud jew said...

some of the judges who are jewish, or pretend to respect the jewish people, have chosen money over the jewish people. they shall be rightly disgraced and removed from the bench.

Anonymous said...

G-d will curse them all

Anonymous said...

This poor lady's life has not been easy and yet Cahill & Cohen made it harder

religious jew said...

Both Cahill and Cohen should be ashamed of themselves and for Cohen a Jewish girl to do this is terrible

Anonymous said...

did these cahill/cohen jackasses ever say to themselves, "what is the RIGHT thing to do here?"

a fly on the wall said...

Tom Cahill and Ms. Cohen are doing a sanitizing job to cover their tracks sure hope the cameras are in place and the Feds are on top of things

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